The Command to Look A Formula for Picture Success

By: William Mortensen.

Price: $350.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


Spiral-bound Softcover-1943 Third Printing Camera Craft Publishing 190 pages. Very Good, in spiral bound illustrated wraps. Minor shelf/edge wear to covers-one small closed tear to front cover and one to the rear cover. No other notes or writing-all pages are bright, clean and crisp. If you're a professional photographer, you either already have this on your shelf, or are looking to put it there. That goes double if you are interested in the occult. A classic in understanding how to make a picture effective, commanding in presence and necessary to look at. Images from this book have influenced the occult founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey. Lavey acknowledged his debt to Mortensen on various occasions, most prominently in the first edition of The Satanic Bible. This featured a dedication page containing nineteen names, together with a short descriptive phrase for each (the list does not appear in later editions). occultists, scientists, thinkers, artist, explorers and entertainers are included - some of them are famous, but others are obscure. The eighth name certainly falls into the latter category: " William Mortensen, who looked...and saw .? Blanche Barton, LaVeys partner, confidante and biographer relates in her biography of LaVey, The Secret Life of a Satanist, in the chapter, Angles of Madness, writes that the future Black pope discovered Mortensen's The Command to Look as a teenager in the 1940s. He recognized its importance at once. Here was a manual of magical theory that was itself occult, in the sense of being hidden in plain sight, concealed between the covers of a seemingly innocuous handbook for amateur photographers. In the years that followed his discovery, Lavey picked up every Mortensen book he could get his hands on, and also visited exhibitions of Mortensen's work. Scarce in any original printing.This is a superb copy. LOC-FB-04

Title: The Command to Look A Formula for Picture Success

Author Name: William Mortensen.

Categories: Art/Artists, Occult, Photography,

Edition: 3rd printing

Publisher: Camera Craft, 1940.: 1940-01-01

Binding: Plastic Comb

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: spiral-bound illustrated wraps

Type: Plastic Comb

Seller ID: 180809001

Keywords: Vintage Photography, Occult,